Autoimmune Diseases are something we are hearing more and more about. This is not only an ”American” or ”European” problem anymore. Prevalence has increased exponentially on a global level. Just consider how many times in the past few months you’ve heard a family member or friend complain about some of the symptoms in the infograph below? How many times did these people visit doctors, been referred to specialists, yet still failed to be properly diagnosed?
Dr William Cole is an expert in the field and he recently wrote an article for MindBodyGreen about this global explosion of AID. He also explained how one can reverse the multiple symptoms an affected person experiences. In the article below he continues on the subject of AID by discussing 12 triggers of autoimmune disease.
”Autoimmune conditions have grown rapidly the over past years, with more than 50 million Americans living with some sort of autoimmune disorder.……………………
………I want to go over the top triggers that can flare up an autoimmune response and cause devastating symptoms in the body.
From full-blown autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s, celiac or Hashimoto’s disease to common “autoimmune spectrum disorders” like acne, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it’s important to know what the potential “land mines” are that can turn on an inflammatory-immune response in your body:
The infamous “G” word is a protein that’s found in wheat, barley, spelt, rye and other grains. This protein is linked in many different studies to an increase risk of autoimmunity…….
2. Gluten-free grains
Many people with autoimmune problems already avoid gluten, but still consume foods like corn, oats and rice. As well-intentioned as that decision may be, these grains can be just as damaging as gluten, or even more damaging…………………..
A favorite in the health community, pseudo-grains like quinoa are high in proteins called saponins which can damage the gut lining, causing an immune response in the body…………
Stress has many far-reaching effects on your health; one of them is your immune system. Research has found chronic mental stress to be a trigger for autoimmune diseases……………
Our environment has been bombarded with toxins that were unknown 100 years ago. Studies have shown toxins play a rolein autoimmune cases such as autoimmune thyroiditis.
It should be no surprise that sugar is on this list, but I’m not just talking about the stereotypical junk food………………….
This yummy food can cause a lot of damage to someone living with an autoimmune condition…………….
Casein, the main protein found in milk and other dairy products, can be a trigger for runaway inflammation in the body………………
A plant group that consists of tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplants, goji berries and some spices contains alkaloids in their skin which can cause an inflammatory response in the body………………
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO, occurs when normal bacteria of the microbiome grow from the large intestines where they belong into the small intestines.
11. Weakened microbiome
The majority of your immune system resides in what’s referred to as the microbiome. This highly sophisticated gut ecosystem consists of trillions of bacteria colonies……………….
12. Leaky gut syndrome
Functional medicine considers an increased permeability to the gut lining, or a “leaky gut,” a precursor to autoimmunity………………”
Dr Cole also adds that he investigated cases of AID all around the world, ”customizing personalized plans for the individual.”
If you are still wondering what diseases can be considered autoimmune disorders, have a look at the table, compiled by The Richmond Institute, below. It lists some of the most common autoimmune diseases diagnosed by practitioners today.
Original article: 12 Common Triggers Of Autoimmune Disease by dr William Cole.